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Hot sauce has become a popular condiment around the world, adding heat and excitement to dishes. Hotsauce.com offers over 120 different hot sauces from around the globe, ranging from mild to what they describe as apocalyptic. There is an ever growing interest in hot sauce, as more people discover its unique flavors and health benefits. You might say that interest in hot sauce is heating up. This is one trend you don’t want to miss.

History of Hot Sauce

The history of hot sauce can be traced back to 7000 BC when the first known hot sauce was invented by the Aztecs. This simple concoction of water and ground-up chili peppers was used to flavor food, cure colds, relieve muscle pain, and attack their enemies. Yes, we’re talking about pepper spray.

While the Aztec culture died out, their hot sauce legacy lives on. Spreading first across the Americas and then to other parts of the world, hot sauce became an essential part of indigenous cuisine, with variations being developed in different regions. Today there are many different styles of hot sauce, each with its own unique flavor profile and heat level.

Health Benefits

It is not only delicious, but it also offers a range of health benefits. Chili peppers, the main ingredient in hot sauce, are a source of capsaicin, a compound that has been found to reduce inflammation, improve digestion, and boost the immune system.

Additionally, hot sauce is a good source of vitamins A and C, as well as antioxidants. Consumed in moderation, it can contribute to a healthy and balanced diet. However, it is important to note that excessive consumption can lead to gastrointestinal discomfort and irritation.

Steps and Tips for Making Your Own

Making your own hot sauce is a cost-effective and satisfying way to personalize your spice levels. Here are some tips to guide you through the process:

Choosing the ingredients: When choosing the ingredients opt for fresh chili peppers that have some heat to them. Other typical ingredients include garlic cloves, onion, vinegar, black pepper, and salt. However, it doesn’t have to end there. Many hot sauces include citrus fruit such as lime and lemon, as well as other fruits (such as pineapple and mango) and vegetables (think beyond just tomatoes or tomatillos) that are pickled in the hot sauce for added flavor. Additionally, there is a world of vinegars to experiment with.

Preparing the ingredients: Before combining them, it is important to roast or sauté the chili peppers to release their flavor and aroma. Roasting can be done either on a stovetop, in the oven, or on the barbecue.

Combining the ingredients: Once the chili peppers are cooked, combine them with the rest of the ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth, ensuring that the ingredients are well combined. Strain if desired.

Finally, transfer your hot sauce to a glass container and store in a cool, dark place. It will last for a few months if refrigerated. Experiment with different chili peppers and ingredients to create your unique hot sauce recipe.

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